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Dhaka air quality improves but still unhealthy

  • Published at 10:44 am February 16th, 2018
  • Last updated at 10:47 am February 16th, 2018
Dhaka air quality improves but still unhealthy
The quality of air in Bangladesh’s capital has shown very little improvement compared to Thursday as it continued to be classified as “unhealthy” in an international index. In real time ranking, Dhaka stood at 10th place in the US Air Quality Index (AQI) measured at 9:31am on Friday. The AQI was developed by the Environmental Protection Agency for reporting daily air quality of any city or country. Jerusalem topped the list with a score of 1,102, according to data obtained from AirVisual, a smartphone application that shows real-time air pollution index of any city. Afghanistan’s Kabul and China’s Chengdu were placed at second and third positions with individual scores of 305 and 276. Dhaka, one of the most populous cities in the world, has long been grappling with air pollution. The city of mosques, as it is called, has continued to rank among the world’s top 10 most polluted cities. The air quality in Dhaka has been declining for years now. It worsens during the dry months – from October to April. Department of Environment Director (air quality management) Md Ziaul Haque said that the quality would gradually improve during the monsoon. Brick kilns, vehicles run by fuels with higher level sulphur, as well as construction works have been identified as major sources of air pollution. In fact, the condition is so serious that five of the top 10 causes of deaths in Bangladesh are related to air pollution, experts say.
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